December 4, 2017
Body of release 2017 was a productive year on the Blatchford Redevelopment Project. Over eight thousand metres of water mains, storm and sanitary sewers, and distribution piping for the District Energy Sharing System were installed and 1,400 metres of curb and gutters were constructed.The first portion of paving began this year, with 175 metres being completed. Over 121,000 tonnes of concrete and asphalt were recycled for re-use on the site. This is all in preparation for the development of the first phase of the Blatchford community, Blatchford West.
In early 2018, the first stage of the District Energy Sharing System is expected to start construction. This includes the installation of the geo-exchange field under the future storm pond, and the construction of the first Energy Centre, which will connect to the existing Distribution Piping System, providing the energy for heating, cooling and domestic hot water for the community. Further work that will continue next year includes onsite and furrow landscaping, paving and the entrance features.
The Blatchford Redevelopment Office is currently conducting the first phase of the builder selection process, the Request for Expression of Interest, which closes this Friday, December 8. The first phase contains twelve parcels, for a range of housing types including fee-simple townhouses with potential garage suites, condominium townhouses, stacked townhouses and mixed-use buildings. Negotiations with selected builders will start in the first quarter of 2018.
When the entire Blatchford neighbourhood is complete, it will be home to 30,000 Edmontonians. The Blatchford community provides a unique opportunity to live in a community that puts people first with family-friendly amenities and a focus on active modes of transportation to offer a sustainable lifestyle near the centre of the city.